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DATE: 11/20/2012

Stompin' and Rompin' in January

The Milwaukee County Zoo Hosts Samson Stomp and Romp

Samson Stomp & Romp

Sponsored by Amica Insurance

Milwaukee, WI – On Sunday, January 20, 2013, head to the Milwaukee County Zoo for the annual running of the Samson Stomp and Romp, sponsored by Amica Insurance. The main 5K run officially takes off at 9:30 a.m.; a variety of other race distances follow. All proceeds benefit the Zoo’s animal collection, with an emphasis on the relatives of Samson, the silverback gorilla (1950-1981). Samson was an icon at the Zoo.

Both adults and children can choose to participate in different race distances: Participants may register for a 5K (3.1-mile) run beginning at 9:30 a.m. or the 2-mile fun run/walk starting at 10:15 a.m. Children can join a 1-mile romp at 10:45 a.m. or a ¼-mile mini-romp at 11 a.m.

Online registrations are accepted until January 16:

5K/2-Mile/Children’s Romps $17 per runner
Families with 4 or more:  
$14 per runner
Teams with 4 or more:      
$14 per runner

Race day registration takes place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Fees are as follows:
Runners/walkers/families in all events:
$20 per participant
(Please keep in mind that registrations on race day cannot be taken after 9 a.m., and only cash or checks are accepted. Those registering on race day are not guaranteed a T-shirt size.)

New this year: The 5K field is limited to 1,500 participants, so make sure to register early to ensure a spot in this popular event!

Entry fees to the Samson Stomp include a long-sleeved T-shirt, Zoo admission and parking (for the participant only) and beverages served in the Peck Welcome Center immediately following the race. The Peck Center Awards Ceremony takes place, at approximately 11 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to register online – simply visit our website at www.milwaukeezoo.org (Online registrations will be accepted until Wednesday, January 16 until 10 p.m.) To receive a mailed registration form, please contact the Zoo’s Public Affairs and Services Division at: 414.256.5466.

The 5K and 2-mile races are officially timed, and take place on the public walkways throughout the Zoo. The event is held rain, shine, cold or snow. The Zoo, however, reserves the right to cancel due to severe weather or dangerous, unforeseen race conditions.

During the event, help take part in our mission of conservation by donating your old cell phones to the Zoo for recycling. The drop-off area is located in the Zoo’s U.S. Bank Gathering Place. 

Recycling cell phones reduces the need for additional colton, a mineral extracted from the forests of Congo – home to endangered lowland gorillas. The colton mining business has led to a dramatic reduction of the gorillas’ habitat.

The 33rd annual Samson Stomp and Romp is administered in an environmentally responsible way.